Special Issue: How to Get out of the European Trap?

John Erik Fossum has co-edited a special issue of the European Law Journal. From different perspectives all of the articles in this issue help to clarify what the crises have done to the European Union.


The authors of the articles that make up this special section share the view that it is time that European legal and politico-scientific scholarship take crises in general, and very especially the manifold and overlapping set of crises that Europe is presently undergoing, seriously. It is time to drop any form of determinism, to overcome the ‘Whig’ reading of the history of European integration, and delve more deeply into the structural causes and structural implications of the crises; indeed, it is time to take seriously the breadth, depth and scope of the crises, and the extent to which what is indeed a clear rupture with the legal, political and social constitutional model of the Democratic and Social state is becoming a new form of government unto itself; the main implication being that we need to be open to question the way in which we, as legal and social science scholars, go about researching. This was the spirit of the workshop in which the articles were first presented, this has been the spirit in which they have been edited for their publication here, and this is the spirit in which they are now presented to the reader of the European Law Journal.

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John Erik Fossum, Hauke Brunkhorst, and Monika Eigmüller 
European Transformations: Are the Crises Really over or is it just the End of their Beginning?

European Law Journal, vol. 23, no. 5, 2017, pp. 310-314
DOI: 10.1111/eulj.12257

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